George Lucas Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Directors

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Since last week’s announcement that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, news has been coming out quickly on the development of Star Wars: Episode 7. Just today, confirmed that Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was scripting the film. Now the conversation has turned to possible directors for the highly-anticipated film.

Some of the names that have already been tossed around as candidates for the coveted position include Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird are a few other names that fans have suggested (though Spielberg recently shot down the idea).

While nothing has been made official yet, George Lucas and new president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy recently discussed what they’d like to see in a director. Check out the video (via at the top of the page.

Star Wars Logo George Lucas Talks Star Wars: Episode 7 Directors

Here’s a short summary of Kennedy’s key quotes:

“There’s a whole generation of filmmakers that have been inspired by George and ‘Star Wars’ and they’re absolutely thrilled, excited, and daunted at the prospect of being able to step in and carry the mantle of making these movies… I think we have a unique opportunity to go after some really incredible people. It’s not going to be people who don’t already have some affinity for ‘Star Wars’ probably. It’s going to be somebody who appreciates what ‘Star Wars’ meant to them and is excited to dive in and be a part of this.”

There are hundreds of directors that would kill for the chance to leave their imprint on such an iconic franchise. But, as Kennedy explained, it’s also a hugely daunting challenge – not to mention a big risk for Disney. Whomever they entrust to take over this franchise needs to have a bold vision that is also appealing to the broadest possible audience.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the possible directorial candidates as they emerge, but in the meantime, share your favorite directorial candidate with us in the comments.

Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theaters in 2015.



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  1. I know this would sound weird.. but being this is a Disney film kind of now… I would like to see their most strangest yet most visionary director take over the Star Wars Saga… Tim Burton.

    • Personally I don’t want Star Wars to in anyway resemble Dark Shadows or Willy Wonka. Not only no, but hell no.

      • Not to mention Alice in Wonderland, that sorry adaptation of an awesome book.

        • Blegh. No. Burton is so overrated as a filmmaker.

          • Nope! No Burton, thank you very much. He stopped being good in the last century. Sleepy Hollow was his last decent film. His last few films were just as silly as the Star Wars prequels were, and that’s exactly why he should stay as far away from this whole thing as possible.

            • exactly…personally i like tim burton and most of his movies, but i dont think it would be a good idea for him to be at the helm of any of the main chapters of star wars…..maby an aimated feature that takes place in the star wars universe…but definatly not any of the “episodes”

            • I never liked Burton until after Sleepy Hollow. Most of the stuff he did before seemed like his concepts weren’t suited to the technology that could make it happen.

    • Please please please don’t say that ever again. And this is from a huge Burton fan. But he should stay in a galaxy far, far away from Star Wars.

  2. lets put Breaking Bad’s Jessie Pinkman a.k.a Aaron Paul in some quality franchises already!

  3. I’m not necessarily all for this…but would it be too weird to have J.J. Abrams do both Star Trek and Star Wars?

    • J.J. Abrams does seem like a logical choice, and for that exact reason I don’t think he should do it. Hear me out. Abrams Star Trek was good. It was actually really good. But in many ways it actually really resembled the Star Wars prequels. Honestly, if there is anyway Disney can push the new movies to move away from that style (cgi effects heavy etc) than I’m all for it. I think the original star wars movies benefited from the fact that they were more grounded (in a sense), or at least, not filmed entirely in front of a green screen. I think the new movies could only benefit from that same direction.

      • Seems unlikely that the new Star Wars wouldn’t be heavily CGI. The original Star Wars may benefit from it being old school, only because it IS old school. They worked with what they had. Ignoring technology just because it worked in the 1970s when it didn’t exist isn’t the smartest thing to do. Not to mention, we’re way past buying humanoid aliens in rubber suits and puppets as anything else but humans in rubber suits and puppets. The new movies will, and should, be heavily CGI effects. They’re superior in realism.

        • “Superior in realism” ಠ_ಠ ? Seriously? I disagree. You can’t honestly tell me that the new Yoda looks better than the old Yoda.

          Or maybe we just have two very different definitions of realism. When I watch Avatar, or Star Trek, or the Star Wars prequels (or anything similar), I know they were heavily filled in by computers. That really takes me out of the movie and ruins the immersion. Yes they look pretty, but despite that, my brain KNOWS what I am looking at is not real. And boom, suddenly I don’t care about what’s happening anymore.

          On the other hand you have a different way of creating awesome imagery which is to implement special effects into real, authentic scenarios or backgrounds. LOTR comes to mind. The Batman series, Inception, Super 8, Looper?, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, Captain America. All very effects heavy. All reasonably realistic. I feel that is the style Star Wars should take.

          • Are you saying these big sci fi movies should go back to using models and wire work? They need special effects and they look pretty damn good these days. Just look at how beautiful Prometheus looked. And I’m not sure what your problem with Star Trek is. They did use practical effects, make-up and sets on a lot of scenes outside the space battles and giant alien monsters. Computer effects have come a long way and are really impressive when you look at The Hulk or Caesar in Rise of the Apes. CGI characters can now convey more emotion, expression and personality than a puppet ever could. It’s really an art form and can enhance a movie greatly.

            • I didn’t say Star Wars should go back to wires and puppets. Just that they should take a lesson from all the movies I mentioned in the second part of my post, which used special effects in conjunction with real backgrounds and sets to create something wonderful.

              • To be fair, most of the movies you mentioned take place on earth within normal cities and towns where CGI wouldn’t be needed. Not in outer space or on exotic planets. And LOTR had its fair share of green screen locations that you couldn’t otherwise film on real locations like Rivendell or the Dwarf Mines, not to mention most of its battles scenes. I understand your stance on loving practical sets and natural locations but it can only take you so far, especially in a sci-fi epic like Star Wars.

                • Itshould be a mix of puppets and cgi. And a lot less green screen!

          • Um, do I think the CGI Yoda, who had more than six expressions and actually had a mouth that enunciated? Seems like a silly question.

            You brain knows that the CGI isn’t real, but you’re brain doesn’t know that the rubber suits, resin rocks and muslin trees aren’t real, either? What did you brain do when it was stop motion animation? Accept the jerkiness of the motion as realistic? I’d be willing to wager the only time you’ve ever even thought about the CGI was when you realized that there’s no way that could happen in real life, but didn’t even notice a special effect that wasn’t that dramatic, and still CGI.

            All the other movies you mentioned benefited from the fact that all the environments they took place in actually exist. When making up worlds, it should go without saying that you have to make up worlds.

        • Looper?: I haven’t actually seen Looper yet, so its impossible for me to comment on how realistic the special effects actually are. But judging off the trailers, I’d say it looks pretty awesome.

      • True that man, I saw set photos of revenge of the Sith every single image was surrounded by a huge green screen it’s like they filmed every scene in a studio and didn’t get out in the real world (that’s probably what happened to be perfectly honest) but I found it a little saddening because you right the originals really felt real and relatable and the sets they worked on added to that a lot because not all of it was in a studio it was out there in the real world.
        I highly agree with you about Abrams, though I think he’s a brilliant director and loved Star Trek (and look forward to Star Trek into Darkness, because I finally get to find out who the hell the villain is! Lol) I feel like he’s too obvious a choice for the movie, I feel like the director needs to be an unknown somebody who has done films that were good but they’d be the last person you’d expect to take on a job like this, like John Favreau and Iron Man, it’ll become more of a personal journey for the director where they get to challenge and push themselves and have fun with things and elements of movies that they’ve never used before. So I say go for an unknown.

        • To the first part about Revenge of the Sith. Yeah because it was so easy, not to mention completely safe, for them to find an erupting lava pit somewhere for them to shoot the whole big final fight scene in real life, on location.

          But to be more serious with just the way the script was probably written for it, what environments or settings would you have expected them to build sets for or find actual similar location to shoot in? Maybe for just a hand full of scenes that took place in enclosed spaces like in a room or a building. It was easier in the original trilogy where all they called for was a desert, closed quarters like a space station, snow, a swamp, a desert again, a forrest, etc.

          They just made some type of executive decison to make the landscapes in the prequel trilogy more fantastic looking I guess. Thus the need for CGI set pieces and all to be able to bring those visions to life.

        • When newer generations watch the original trilogy, one of the first and only things they criticize is how it looks like a low budget sci fi film. They say this because they notice that all the locations are just deserts, jungles or sets. Nothing that couldn’t easily exist in the real world. While that was fine for then, it’s not acceptable now. We expect more. And there’s no amount of paper mache that can make a sprawling alien world look real on camera.

    • No to Abrams. I rather light sabres not have lense flares.

      • Can’t really let that go, can you?

  4. David Fincher would be my personal choice. He’s a fan of Star Wars and even worked on Return of the Jedi. Do I think he would do it? No, but a man can dream :)

    • Wow I never knew Fincher worked on Return of the Jedi what’d he do man im intrigued lol.

      • Well I believe he was just a cameraman but it still counts! :)

        • Of course it still counts that’s awesome, now that I think of it Fincher would be a great choice he does great movies.

  5. Ron Howard can probably make a mean Episode 7 film.

    • Sorry I forget, who’s Ron Howard?

      • Backdraft, Apollo 13, Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons.

        • Sweet all good movies I really liked Apollo 13 but I still say an unknown

      • He was in Lucas’ “American Graffiti”, before he made “Star Wars”.

        ..and “Happy Days”

        • Don’t forget he was Opie! Who could forget Opie?

  6. Good to know that they seem to be really focused and excited on episode 7, I just hope Lucas doesn’t get too involved in the script beause he busted up the prequels in a lot of ways (although I didn’t hate all of them, I loved Revenge of the Sith minus the corny lines) , but since this is a different kind of story they’re working with maybe he’s got some good ideas, hopefully he’s not screwing it up

    • I’m sure Arndt will craft a far more coherent story and better dialogue than Lucas did in the prequels. Lucas seems to be giving them the basic outline, and then the screenwriters fill in the blanks based around his initial structure, similar to his work on Empire, where he mapped out the story and then had Lawrence Kasdan do the script.

  7. Stephen Sommers …he is good !
    HE made the great Van Helsing and Mummy Movies!
    Andrew Stanton would be a good choice as well ! But otherwise..there are not many directors that could easy do the job !

    Who ever is the chosen one,wonder how much freedom he will have !

    • He or she man lol

    • Not Andrew Stanton, he ruined John Carter for me. It was fun, but a mess and he didn’t make the characters emotionally resonant as much as he tried.

    • When did Van Helsing and the Mummy series become ‘great’ movies?

      • Haha…long time ago already !
        Sorry you missed it ;)

    • the GREAT van helsing movie? did we watch the same film? i have tried 3 times to watch that mess of a movie, and all 3 times i have fallen asleep. that is not an exaggeration.

  8. First showing has reported that Nolan has also been shown the treatment (along with Spielberg, Bird, Abrams).

    Nolan is such a dark horse in all this.

    • I’ve got a feeling Nolan wouldn’t want to do this project. Just a hunch.

      • Not a chance. He’ll never do another franchise film.

        Now that the Bat stuff is over, here on out I guarantee everything Nolan does will be an original.


    • @Ryan C

      You’d think Spielberg would jump at it since he really wanted to direct one of the prequel’s, great opportunity for him, and he’s worked with both Lucas and Kennedy for a lot of his films.

    • I love Christopher Nolan but I agree with Forrest he’d probably say no to the project and again I still want an unknown

  9. In the end..and seriously thinking about,Peter Jackson would be good,make the trylogy into 3 hours Movies each,or Del Toro,and James Cameraon would be ultimate :)

    • With the exception of del Toro, the other two guys are out for the same reason as Whedon. Busy with other projects.

    • Jackson would be great and so would Del Toro but I’m not a big James Cameron guy (I loved Terminator 1 and 2) but he seems like he’s always more about the affects than the actual story which is why I found avatar just mediocre.

  10. They are not going to give their cash cow to a director who is going to want to put their own stamp on the Star Wars mold, so that eliminates most really established big names. They are going to want someone with decent name recognition who doesn’t won’t push their own creative agenda and do what the studio wants.

  11. Joss Whedon needs to be on the short list for this…he would make it amazing.

    • Whedon has Avengers 2 to worry about ;)

      • Seems people keep forgetting that.

        • I sort of forgot lol

  12. PLEASE, just no more George Lucas running the show!

    My vote is for the incredible BRAD BIRD! He did wonders with classic films with a heart but LOADS of action too!
    From IRON GIANT to THE INCREDIBLES to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE IV, it’s clear he has the chops to do justice to the STAR WARS saga!!

    BRAD BIRD all the way!

    • It would be nice, but it looks like he’s currently working on a major Sci Fi project. Conspiracy theory suggested it was code for a Star Wars movie, but it seems unlikely.

      George isn’t running the show. But hey, his mind still created some of the most fantastic science fiction of three generations. Let’s cut him some slack.

      • Star Wars is fantasy, not science fiction. Space settings do not change this fact.


        • Aside from having nothing to do with any subject being talked about, that remains one of the most ridiculous, nonsensical ideas ever posited by a Star Wars fan. If that’s the standard, then Lord of the Rings was a buddy film. Magic and dwarf settings do not change that. See how how stupid that sounds?

          • Oh, you just buried yourself.

            CLASSIC fantasy trope.

            It’s fantasy in space, always has been. There is NOTHING science fiction about Star Wars until the midichlorians were shoehorned in.

            “How many debates have you had where somebody snarks, “Star Wars is not science fiction – it’s fantasy!” Well, that person was right. Not only do the Star Wars movies deal with many of the most common tropes of fantasy, such as an Evil Lord and a Youth With A Quest, but they also contain ample references to “the Force.” Even when Lucas brought in the whole midichlorians idea, which I believe was to make the Force seem more scientific by linking it inexplicably to genetics, it’s pretty obvious that we’re dealing with a non-scientific, spiritual element of the universe that is controlling everything – including who gains power. Despite all the spaceships and aliens, Star Wars at its core is the tale of a boy learning magic to defeat the Evil Lord.”

            Your comment, at it’s core, wrong. Save the Princess(Leia). The unlikely hero(Han). The ancient wizard(Obi Wan). The Dark Lord(Guess). The Young kid being trained by the ancient Wizard (Luke).

            Think before you type next time.


            • To whomever moderated my post, there was nothing inflammatory in the two lines you edited. I was attacking the post, not the poster, despite how much he deserved to be. I even PURPOSEFULLY said “Your comment”.

              I’ve seen 10 times worse on here.


              • @Bri – I moderate at my discretion. I remember removing the first two lines of your post, though I don’t remember what they said now. I don’t just randomly remove content for pleasure however, so they must have been something I deemed inappropriate.

                Paul Young – Moderator

    • I love incredibles and iron giant I want to see Ghost Protocol to see how he handles live action, he’d be a good choice in my opinion

  13. Peter Jackson or bust. He’s got the experience, detail oriented, wide range of appeal. Disney should wait for the right director, not say ‘Star Wars 7 in 2015, but we have no script, director, cast.” bass ackwards to do it that way

  14. My money’s on Jon Favreau. He knows how to create a fun, action packed movie, whilst also being able to keep a sombre tone when he needs to.

  15. I think Kofi Outlaw should direct it and the new X-Men movies.

  16. Didn’t Steven Spielberg want to direct one of the prequels but George wouldn’t let him (although if I remember he did some second unit stuff on one of them).

    He’s no stranger to sci/fi so I think he’d be an interesting choice.

  17. Duncan Jones seems logical to me. This a great franchise to dive into. He’s already done space drama, and action. Also he seems to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride.

    • Now that is an interesting thought. Moon and Source Code were both great. It would certainly be interesting to see what he pitched.

      • Oh they sure were. Now THOSE were science fiction films. Honestly, I’d rather have Duncan Jones take Trek over after J.J.


    • +1,000,000 (^-^)

  18. Slightly off at a tangent, but where does the sale of Lucasfilm leave the proposed 3D re-release of the remaining Star Wars films?

    Will Disney/Buena Vista now release them, have they been shelved or is there still a contract for Fox to distribute the 3D version?

    Just curious, I went to see The Phantom Menace in 3D and (I’ll be honest), I actually fell asleep! Nevertheless some of the 3D was quite good (Podracing in particular) and I’d be intrigued to see the original trench run in 3D.

  19. My top two choices are still Andrew Stanton or Brad Bird.

    Both are part of the Disney family. Both worked with Pixar, i dont know how to put it in words but that is a plus for me. Andrew Stanton did a very good job on the risky “John Carter” movie. And Brad Bird did great on the latest Mission Impossible.

    And unlike Abbrams and Nolan, they are big directors whose style is much more subtle. You know your watching a Nolan Batman or an Abbrams Star Trek. Its super stylized and they are the only people who could come back and direct the sequels without it feeling like a major style shift. Both Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton can just blend into the Star Wars universe without trying to feed their own creative egos.

    Other good choices (i think) are…
    Duncan Jones
    Rian Johnson

  20. James Cameron

    • He’s busy with Avatar 2 (2014) & 3 (2015). Forget about him, it’s not gonna happen.

      • I wasn’t seriously hoping for it. Maybe 3D consultant but I don’t want this 3D. 3D overrated.

  21. Nolan. Nolan all the way. That would be absolutely amazing. The prequels were much too light-hearted for me. They need the gritty style from Empire Strikes Back if they want to be successful. Nolan all the way.

    • We’ll see Inception 2 or Nolans Dark Knight Returns before we’ll ever see a Nolan Star Wars. None of these will ever happen.


  22. Duncan Jones hands down. Just get it done

  23. I like what the dude said up there about Stephen Sommers. Granted, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns weren’t great movies (Mummy 3 never existed) but they were probably the most entertaining action adventure films i’ve seen from my lifetime (since the late 80s), and highly underrated.
    I think people are thinking too much on an epic scale, which would be cool but a
    Stephen Sommers Mummy like approach to Star Wars, where you have that blend of humor and fun and good characters could be awesome also

    • Thanks from the Dude somewhere up there !
      Glad there’s another due who sees it the same way ;)

  24. I would like to see Neil Blomkamp get a shot, District 9 shows that he can take an outrageous idea and make it totally believable… also Sharlto Copley seems like a natural fit in the Star Wars universe, somewhere…

    • I LOVED District 9. Let’s see what Elysium pans out to be like. I have high hopes.


  25. There is so many positive possibilities its amazing…

  26. I don’t want george lucas involved at all except to provide answers to any lore questions. He is not a good director or writer. He has good ideas. Just allow someone else to take the reigns.

  27. Christopher Nolan is my favorite, but J.J. Abrams did a good job on Star Trek. Ridley Scott has a history of great Sci-Fi films such as Blade Runner, Alien, and Prometheus.

  28. Im not sure you need an established big time director for this… especially since there is far less input required with a script and very little character development required. Guys like Scott, Abrams, Nolan and Spielberg do films that they have far more control over. I think its more likely that a young talent with a couple of films under his belt, will get a shot at this. I think a guys like Blomkamp and Jones fit the bill…

  29. What about Ben Affleck?

    • Afflecks a good director but I don’t think he’s Star Wars material.

      • You could say that about any director before they get a shot at something new… He’s talented, thats about all you need to be an upgrade over Lucas in the Directors chair.